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generals, socialite and author, f.b.i. agent and a tangled web growing by the minute. it's the sex scandal that rocked washington. ahead of important hearings on capitol hill. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. the unfair that untanned c.i.a. career of general david petraeus and the assassination of a u.s. ambassador and three others in cincinnati bengals. the former is a story that is changing by the minute. while the latter is being seen in a new light ahead of congressional hearings. we have fox team coverage tonight. intelligence correspondent catherine herridge looks at the matc machinations on capitol hill, and who knew what when. but first, jennifer griffin untangles the complicated relationships here. there are a lot of them. good evening. >> good evening, bret. in the military they call this literal damagcollateral damage. as of monday, c.i.a. director resigned over affair with his biographer. today we learn the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is implicated in the scandal as well as unnamed f.b.i. official who was taken off the case for beco
-mails. she asks a friend at the fbi to help launch an investigation. the e-mails it is eventually discovered are being sent by broadwell. the fbi also discovers that broadwell and petraeus have been having an affair. meanwhile, the fbi agent who kelley approached gross frustrated after he's kept off the case. his supervisors reportedly are concerned that he has, quote, grown obsessed with the matter. it's also uncovered that he has sent shirtless photos of himself to kelley. that agent contacts republican congressman david reichert to air his frustrations. reichert then passes the information on to house majority leader eric cantor who speaks with the fbi whistle-blower in late october. it turns out that another major military figure, general john allen, the commander of u.s. and nato troops in afghanistan and petraeus' successor in that position, has been having an e-mail relationship with jill kelley. the fbi uncovers somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents that contain, quote, potentially inappropriate communication between allen and kelley. one senior u.s. defense official
the david petraeus scandal and the fbi's investigation. we're covering all the angles of his first news conference since the election. and israel retaliates for rocket attacks with deadly strikes and extremist targets. now hamas is warning that the gates of hell have been opened. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> eight days after his re-election, president obama faced reporters in the midst of an unfolding scandal and with a potential economic crisis holding over his head. but he only got riled up when he responded to republican criticism of his united nations ambassador susan rice. more on that coming up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave
. >> the fbi agent who helped jill kelley is unmasked as we learn more about his investigation that revealed david petraeus' affair. >> is it to eliminate all traffic accidents? we'll show you the brand new technology that the government wants in every car in the country. >> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >>> when they go after the u.n. ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they got a problem. >> president obama fires back at republican critics. >> the controversy over susan rice calling the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi spontaneous has reached a boiling point. after republicans threaten to block her possible nomination for secretary of state. >> the president thinks we are picking on people, he really does not have any idea of how serious this issue is. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. >> david petraeus will be on capitol hill tomorrow to testify about the september 11th attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya.
to jill kelly who does volunteer work with military families. kelley alerted a friend of hers at the fbi after receiving harassing e-mails. them call from paul broadwell, petraeus's biographer. they admitted to having an fair. that affair led to hez rez mags. they discovered potentially inappropriate communications between jill kelley of am tm pa and general allen. they reviewed 30,000 pages of documents including e-mails over the course of two years, but found no wrongdoing by general allen. the fbi turned it over to the pentagon, and the pentagon has ordered its own investigation. the married general allen denies an improper relationship with kelley. he's currently president obama's choice for supreme allied commander of nato forces in europe. that nomination is on hold. as nbc news reports the president learned of the problems on friday, the same day he accepted petraeus's resignation. that hasn't stopped the con spearary theorists over on fox news. >> who knew about the affair before the leak, and why didn't they speak up? >> the idea that obama would not be told by coincidence two o
>>> more twists and turns. another general and an fbi agent have joined in the scandal that led to the downfall of david petraeus. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> we begin with news. a 17-year-old boy now charged with his second murder in less than a week. >> keith russell is at our news4 live desk about a case that has stunned folks in waldorf. >> reporter: guys, a 17-year-old young man is in custody for the murder of teresa bass. they were shot while working their dorg in waldorf last month. the person arrested is joshua memb mebane. he will be charged as an adult. it is not clearhat his motive for shooting the waldorf couple was. police are scheduled to hold a news conference at 4:30. we'll have the update on this breaking news from charles county on news4 at 5:00. pat and jim, back to you. >> all right. >>> to our other big breaking news story we're following this afternoon. former d.c. council chairman kwame brown learns his fate for a federal bank fraud charge. >> his sentence includes two years probation, half a year of home detention. hundreds of hours of communi
-mails with jill kelley. she is the florida socialite who led the fbi to petraeus. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with more on this. >> thanks. good evening from capitol hill. coincidentally, general kelley is not in afghanistan tonight. he came here to washington for a hearing that was to be held tomorrow. it has been put off, day after tomorrow on, what allen still hope will be his promotion to a better job. instead, his reputation is being called into question. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, was on track to be nato commander until the disclosure that he is under investigation by the pentagon. jill kelley, a socialite in tampa and general allen allegedly exchanged e-mails and documents that were called inappropriate. allen insisted there was no affair. kelley's complaints that she was getting harassing e-mails led the fbi to paula broadwell and the affair between broadwell and general david petraeus. unlike petraeus who has admitted infidelity and resign as director of the cia, allen got a vote of confidence today from president obama. >> he has faith in general allen.
of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, general john allen, has also been investigated by the fbi after having exchange, according to a senior defense official, possibly thousands of potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelley, the 37-year-old social liaison at the heart of the scandal that led to general petraeus' resignation. house homeland security committee chair peter king had another term to describe the unfolding drama. >> it's really a great tragedy. general petraeus, one of our most distinguished generals and general allen, considered a super star in the military, did an outstanding job in afghanistan, was going to go to nato, it's just tragic. you're right, this has the elements in so ways of a hollywood movie or trashy novel. >> a brief primer on the characters until so-called trashy novel. allen who is married became ensnared in the investigation because of his e-mail correspondent spns with kelley who in may started receiving a series of what she considered to be harassing e-mails from petraeus biographer and fellow west point grad paula broadwell. the ensuing invest
petraeus until wednesday. the situation regarding general allen until friday. so the fbi is the place to go. >> the deputy director of the fbi shawn joyce is going to make an appearance on capitol hill to brief leaders of the house and senate intelligence committee to say why they also were not kept in the loop regarding the investigation of general petraeus. this story has taken several strange turns in the past 24-hours. we caught our first glimpse of paula broadwell and found her driver's license was found on a jogging trail in washington. the scandal that started with broadwell has ballooned to include the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general john allen accused of sending several00 e-mails to kelley that were like phone-sex over e-mail. it is time right now to hold off judging general allen. >> general allen is doing an excellent job in leading the forces. he has my continued confidence to lead other forces and to continue the fight. his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> general allen is a decemb distinguished marine and
who triggered the fbi petraeus probe revealed. we're getting new information about who this veteran agent is and how he got involved. and a storm victim struggling to stay warm with no power for weeks gets a personal visit from the president of the united states. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we've got breaking news. we're getting new information about what then-cia director david petraeus knew about the benghazi attack and when he knew it. let's get right to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, what are you learning? >> wolf, i have just spoken to someone, a long-standing source who has spoken to david petraeus. this is someone on his level professionally. this person is directly familiar from petraeus with his thinking, with petraeus' thinking about what he will tell congress tomorrow about the benghazi attacks. david petraeus wants to tell congress that he knew almost immediately after the september 11th attacks that the group ansar al sharia, that al qaeda sympathizing
and contacts her friend, an fbi agent, who launches an investigation, but gets pulled off the case because he sent her a shirtless photo. meanwhile, the spy master's protege, also a general, has spent thousands of e-mails to the second woman. this isn't just a love triangle, folks. it's a love pentagon. >> he likes to take pictures of himself without his shirt and shoot them around to verarious people. and somehow he became involved with petraeus and the other generals and the cia thing. wait a minute. this rings a bell. oh, yes. at the fbi, j. edgar hoover used to do the same thing. except it was usually in a backless evening gown. >> yeah. >> president obama gave his first press conference since being re-elected. and a lot of people are saying it looked like he was trying to cover up some of his gray hair. so, i guess obama's major goals include jobs for women and just for men. >> by the way, if you're looking for a job, facebook just launched a new app that may be of use to you. they teamed up with the department of label to create what they call the social jobs app. you can brows through
questions as to why the fbi waited so long to,0to tell president obama the affair was being uncovered. >> we made the determination as we were going through the matter that was not a threat to national security. >> reporter: petraeus will first testify in front of the house this morning at 7:30 a.m. eastern time. he will then be quickly ushered to the senate side for his second testimony of the day. rob, paula. >> all right, sundland, thank you. an interesting report came out yesterday, too. that petraeus report lead through a source said that he knew almost immediately that this was a terror attack, not something in relation to that an i islam film obviously would be contradicting what we heard from white house officials and ambassador susan rice. it should be very interesting tomorrow what kind of time line he lays out. and when those assessments came in that this really was a terror attack. there were 20 reports said look related to the movie. look, we quickly proved those false. and we thought it was a terror attack. so it is -- take away the affair. his testimony tomorrow, though we wil
-mails to an fbi agent friend, and that ended up triggering an investigation. those e-mails eventually turned out to be sent by paula broadwell. that would be david petraeus' biographer. and eventually turned out his mistress, as well. we mentioned it was a web, didn't i? and it is. the affair exposed general petraeus and he was forced to resign as the cia director. well, now the general john allen, who is the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, is being investigated for trading alleged quote flirtatious e-mails with ms. kelley over the last couple of years. we're hearing from ms. kelley for the first time in a 911 call to t don't know if by any chance, because i'm an honorary consul general, so i have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but now it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like, you know, it's inviolable. >> all right. no problem. i'll let the officers know. >> thank you. >> meantime, the senate intelligence committee wants to be briefed both by petraeus and his repla
, that has sparked a federal investigation. fbi and dea agents have joined the search for clues in an attack that put a prominent new hampshire doctor and his wife in the hospital. and john schriffen is in bedford, new hampshire, with the latest. good morning, john. >> reporter: george, good morning. as you can see behind me, the driveway to this home is blocked off, because this is still a very active crime scene. while police suggest they do have some leads, they say at this point, none are specific enough to be helpful. crime scene units comb through this million-dollar mansion throughout the night, looking for any evidence of who could have brutally assaulted dr. eduardo casada and his wife, before leaving them for dead. >> the homeowners were confronted by a person or persons of interest. >> reporter: this morning, agents from the fbi and dea have joined the investigation. as dr. casada, a respected anesthesiologist, clings to life at the hospital where he normally works. police say the couple was viciously attacked saturday night, after an apparent home invasion. his wife, sonia, was a
, as the photo of that fbi agent connected to the so-called whistleblower in the case is revealed. >>> an astonishing rescue after that three-car crash caught on tape. neighbors race to help the victims. then this, a grandfather of 14, battling broken glass and twisted metal, to safe a baby at the last minute. >>> and are you ready for this? lindsay lohan set to walk into our times square studio this morning for her only live interview. she is playing the world's most famous movie star. but first, she is live on "good morning america." >>> good morning, america. we have breaking news just as we come on the air. sirens welling across southern israel and tel aviv right there. palestinian rock et cetera targeting tel aviv just exploded. we're right on the edge of war in the middle east right now. there's no injuries reported from this latest shell explosion. but this is a serious escalation. >> we have our eye on all of the developments there. >>> and we also have the latest on the millionaire software titan on the run. police could be closing in on him right now. and abc news has le
there three times in recent months after the fbi began investigating allegedly threatening and jealous e-mails kelly received over her friendship with general petraeus. the white house says jill kelley and her twin sister natalie kwan visited three times in the past seven weeks having meals with a male staffer and taking a tour. it also extends to the tampa mayor and friday his office released 70 pages of e-mails mentioning kelley who frequently name dropped. we just got back from spending the weekend with the petraeus '. it was dave's 59th birthday. i am in d.c. having dinner with petraeus and john allen. the access included a 2010 fundraiser for marco rubio and his office says they didn't contribute. kwaun got invites to campaign committee events in martha's vin yard and and the baptism of patrick kennedy's baby and john kerry's private party for last year stanley cup champion boston bruins. central to all of that access is gerald harrington, a finance official on kerri's 2004 presidential campaign. he extended her a loan worth $300,000 according to documents filed
of the timing of all of this? >> i don't see anything untoward about this. i think the fbi investigated as quickly as they could. i think as soon as they found something out, they talked to him. there was a bit of a delay in notifying the president. but that's something else altogether. you were asking about gen ben ghazi, do you want to talk benghazi? >> yeah. >> you've been on the ground. you know, you know what it's like to be on the ground when your intelligence is no good, i think from a military standpoint, i don't think it made any sense whatsoever to send a quick reaction force, which would neither be quick, nor would it necessarily be able to react to what was on the ground. by that time, anyway, ambassador stevens was dead. >> let's talk about from a personal standpoint. i know that you have known david petraeus and his wife, holly, for about the same length of time that they've known each other. tell me their story. >> david petraeus was a cadet at west point from '71-'75. i taught there from '73-'76. so we overlapped. holly petraeus, met him there. and why? because her fathe
passed on classified information. >>> attorney general eric holder under fire for the fbi's role in the benghazi attack. that issue is exactly why the white house and top lawmakers were not told that the head of the cia was being investigated. >> as we went through the investigation, looked at the facts, and tried to examine them as they developed, we were very -- we felt very secure in the knowledge that national security threat did not exist, largely the sharing of that information with the white house or with the hill. >> we also learned that the cia has now launched its own investigation into petraeus during his time in the cia, and the army said yesterday it has no interest in calling the retired general back to active duty to pursue adultery charges against him. >>> we're also learning that the two women caught up in the scandal may have tried to profit from their ties to david petraeus. >> during her affair with petraeus, his biographer paula broadwell appeared in an infomercial last december for some lightweight machine guns. meanwhile jill kelley accused of using petraeu
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